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    Fences, by August Wilson

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    Should a neglected, discriminated, and misplaced black man living in the mid 1900s possessing a spectacular, yet unfulfilled talent for baseball be satisfied or miserable? The play Fences, written by August Wilson, answers this question by depicting the challenging journey of the main character, Troy Maxon. Troy, an exceptional baseball player during his youth, cannot break the color barrier and is kept from playing in the big leagues. That being his major life setback, Troy has a pessimistic view

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    August Wilson Pride

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    In the play Fences, by August Wilson, the main character Troy causes numerous problems for himself because of his stubborn pride, his natural dissatisfaction in life, and his selfishness. Troy is a baseball player who missed his chance at the big leagues, and that spite has stayed with him his whole life. He feels bitter towards anyone more successful towards himself, and neglects his family because of that. Troy’s problems with pride shows the theme of the story, and the outline of what hundreds

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    The Piano Lesson by August Wilson

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    death” (Wilson 29). You might recognize this quote from Boy Willie in The Piano Lesson by August Wilson an African American play writer. In this essay I am going to highlight some things about his life. According to (Britannica Concise Encyclopedia) August Wilson was born on April 27, 1945 in the town of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He was born Frederick August Kittel, Jr. Son of a German immigrant named Frederick August Kittel and his mother was an African-American named Daisy Wilson. August was the

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    Symbolism in Fences by August Wilson

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    August Wilson uses the symbol of a 'fence' in his play, Fences, in numerous occasions. Three of the most important occasions fences are symbolized are by protection, Rose Maxson and Troy Maxson's relationship, and Troy against Mr. Death. Throughout the play, characters create 'fences' symbolically and physically to be protected or to protect. Examples such as Rose protecting herself from Troy and Troy protecting himself form Death. This play focuses on the symbol of a fence which helps readers receive

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    August Wilson plays read like fiction, the narrative drive, symbolic settings, and evocative stage directions. The sense of storytelling is nowhere more evident than in fences 1985. Fences concern the lives of the Masons, and African American family whose struggles are re-counted from 1957 to 1965. The play extends Wilson’s exploration of the African American experience within the twentieth century. Troy Maxson, the protagonist, is a former baseball player and a talented athlete whose prowess on

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    The Piano Lesson by August Wilson

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    The Piano Lesson by August Wilson: The Wisdom of the Ivories Can a treasured object of the past serve as a teacher for the future? Once people share the historical significance of it, an object can symbolize the overcoming of hardships of those lives in which it becomes a part. Therefore, it may indeed “instruct” future generations to glean wisdom from the past. August Wilson’s play The Piano Lesson centers on the trials and triumphs of a family affected by the enslaving of their ancestors and by

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    In the play Fences, which was written by August Wilson, Bono, Gabe, and Alberta are all very important people in Troy’s life. Bono is Troy’s best friend, and through him the reader learns that Troy is a very strong character. Through Gabe, people can see some of the guilt Troy has inside. Alberta helped Troy escape from his problems, and have a few laughs every once in awhile. Each one of these characters tells the reader something different about Troy. Throughout the years, Bono has always been

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    Born April 27, 1945 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August Wilson is an African American author and play writer. August Wilson was best known for his ten series of plays that each depicted African American Life in the 20th century. Wilson won multiple of awards and recognition for his series of plays; the Tony Award (1985), the New York Drama Critics Circle Award (1985), and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1990). The Wilson's “Pittsburgh Cycle,” consists of ten plays where nine of them took place in

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    In Fences, August Wilson introduces an African American family whose life is based around a fence. In the dirt yard of the Maxson’s house, many relationships come to blossom and wither here. The main character, Troy Maxson, prevents anyone from intruding into his life by surrounding himself around a literal and metaphorical fence that affects his relationships with his wife, son, and mortality. Throughout the play, readers see an incomplete fence which symbolizes Rose (Troy’s wife) and Troy’s drifting

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    Analysis: The Piano Lesson by August Wilson

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    August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, tells a story of a family haunted by the pain of their past and their struggle to find peace to move forward. The story begins with character Boy Willie coming up from the south visiting his sister Bernice. Boy Willie introduces the idea of selling the family’s heirloom, a piano, to raise enough money to buy the land on which his ancestors were enslaved. However, both Boy Willie and his sister Berniece own half a half of the piano and she refuses to let Boy Willie

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